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1981-1989 Hall of Fame Metallic Plaque-Cards Set Autographed
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $4,993.75
Between 1981 and 1989, the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum issued this limited-edition set of metallic baseball cards reproducing the plaques of the baseball stars enshrined. The plaques are pictured on blank-backed gold anodized aluminum (2.5 x 3.5 inches). The set was sold through the Hall of Fame's gift shop and was discontinued for economic reasons in 1989. The series was limited to only 1,000 plaques of each player. Offered is a near-complete set of 203 cards (missing only Al Lopez), with fifty-four of the metallic cards signed on the front by the respective player (of sixty-eight possible). The fifty-four signed cards are as follows: Aaron, Aparicio, Appling, Banks, Berra, Boudreau, Brock, Chandler, Conlan, Dandridge, Dickey, DiMaggio, Doerr, Drysdale, Feller, Ferrell, Ford, Gehringer, Gibson, Gomez, Greenberg, Herman, Hubbell, Hunter, Irvin, J. Johnson, Kaline, Kell, Killebrew, Kiner, Lemon, Leonard, Mantle, Marichal, Mathews, Mays, McCovey, Mize, Musial, Reese, Roberts, B. Robinson, F. Robinson, Schoendienst, Sewell, Slaughter, Snider, Spahn, Stargell, Terry, Wilhelm, T. Williams, Wynn, and Yaz. All of the signatures have been scripted in either blue or black Sharpie and all grade "10" with the exception of Snider ("6," minor smudging), Spahn ("7," minor smudging), and Terry ("7"). It was only possible (due to death dates) for a total of sixty-eight Hall of Famers to sign these cards. The fourteen Hall of Fame cards that it was possible to have signed, but were not, are those of Barlick, Bell, Bench, Coveleski, Cronin, Grimes, Hoyt, T. Jackson, Kelly, Koufax, Lopez, Lyons, Roush, and B. Williams. The metallic cards are in overall Nr/Mt-Mt condition and are accompanied by their original custom album as issued. A complete set of these cards (unsigned) lists in the 2008 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards for $650. This unique Hall of Fame set is not on collectors' radar at this point in time but signed examples could be considered a sleeper with tremendous upside potential. The cards alone were very expensive, which is understandable given their obvious great production expense, and few collectors in the 1980s could justify spending the substantial money required to collect the set when issued. Total 203 cards (fifty-four signed). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $4,993.75
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